The 19th fixture of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League will be played between the Rangpur Riders and the Barisal Bulls at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chittagong on Thursday. Rangpur Riders v Barisal Bulls betting tips & predictions can be found below.
The hosts are in third position in the league standings currently with eight points from six matches so far in the season. The visitors are second with eight points from five matches. They have a far superior net-run-rate statistic compared to the designated host team for this upcoming clash.
Both sides are coming into this contest after winning their respective fixtures. While the Riders beat the Chittagong Vikings, the Barisal Bulls beat the Dhaka Dynamites on Tuesday.
Dhaka Dynamites bat first against the Bulls in their last contest as they posted 158/5 batting first on the occasion. Kumar Sangakkara top-scored with 60 runs off 47 deliveries for the side with Ryan ten Doeschate hitting 45 off 32 deliveries towards the death.
The Bulls were led to the victory by Evin Lewis with the opener blasting the first ton of the ongoing BPL. Lewis hit 101 runs off just 65 deliveries on the occasion and shared a 127-run partnership for the first wicket with Rony Talukdar. The side completed the chase with eight deliveries and nine wickets to spare.
In the other match, the Rangpur Riders chased down the 112 run target set by the Chittagong Vikings with three overs to spare. After some good work from Shakib Al Hasan and Arafat Sunny with the ball, Jahurul Islam and Soumya Sarkar featured in a 102-run stand for the first wicket to help guide the Riders to a deserved win.
The Rangpur Riders have been quite impressive this term. Their bowling unit has been on top of proceedings on most occasions and they have made things quite easy for the batsmen. The side have the right mix of youth and experience and it has helped the side thus far.
Barisal Bulls have been very consistent this year and have lost just one game in the competition so far. After chasing down a challenging total in their last game, the side will be brimming with confidence. The batsmen will need it when they get down to business on Thursday.
Rangpur Riders v Barisal Bulls head to head
The sides have met in three prior occasions with the Bulls enjoying a 2-1 advantage. Barisal won the reverse fixture earlier this season as well.
Rangpur Riders v Barisal Bulls betting tips & predictions
Rangpur Riders to win
Match starts at 2 pm local time (2 am GMT) on December 3.